Landscaping and Horticulture BTEC Diploma Level 2

Do you want a career working outdoors, hands on, building and maintaining outdoor spaces/gardens? A varied role throughout the year including tasks such as building patios, fences, using landscape machinery and plantsmanship.

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1 Year


September 2020 start


You will gain knowledge and skills in hard and soft landscape such as paving and planting.

You will develop skills in using landscape machinery including strimmers, mowers and rotovators.

You will study 2 mandatory units:

  • Undertake work experience in the land-based industries
    • You will undertake work related experience in a land-based context. This will involve talking to and listening to experienced practitioners.  You will explore the purpose and structure of an organisation and understand how and why change may occur.  Actual work experience may be gained by a number of routes, for example as part of an industrial placement whilst at college; whilst working on a planned daily or weekly basis on the college’s commercial and/or educational facilities; whilst undertaking voluntary work within the industry; as previous relevant and current work experience in the industry; or as a member of a group of learners invited to carry out practical work in, for example, a country park, farm or animal care centre.
  • Establish and maintain plants outdoors
    • The unit begins by looking at how ground can be prepared using different tools and equipment, and then moves on to exploring the methods of planting which take account of each plant’s individual needs. You will also develop the skills needed to maintain plants and trees, including pruning, weed control, plant health and mulching.  You will have the opportunity to work with a range of plants throughout the unit extending your knowledge of plant names and gaining an understanding of their needs, covering trees, shrubs, conifers, climbing and herbaceous plants.

You will also study 4-6 of 14 optional units, including at least one of the first three below:

  • Understand the basic principles of plant science
  • Understand the basic principles of soil science
  • Setting out from a plan
  • Participate in providing estate maintenance
  • Construct landscape foundations and surfaces
  • Participate in protected horticultural plant production

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs with the following grades:

  • English at 3 or above and maths at 2 or above, and
  • two other GCSEs grade 3 or above

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed with tutorials, orals, written assignments and practical work.


You could go on to study a level 3 course in horticulture at another specialist land-based college.

You could work in garden maintenance, landscaping or at a garden centre.

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    Start date

    2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2021-07-02 00:00:00.000



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    Kirklees College